Feeds

Nokia calls foul over patent spat

Complains to EC over IPCom

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

Nokia has lodged a complaint with the European Commission, claiming that IPCom is abusing mobile patents originally owned by Bosch that are already the subject of legal action in the UK and Germany.

The patents concerned relate to GSM and were developed by Bosch back when that company had aspirations on the telecommunications market, but transferred to IPCom GmbH & Co (not to be confused with IP.Com) in 2007. Since then IPCom has been trying to get money out of Nokia, to the tune of €12bn, for licensing those patents.

In order for patents to be accepted as part of the GSM standard they must be licensed in a Fair, Reasonable and Non-Discriminatory fashion (FRAND), but IPCom believes it is under no obligation to grant Nokia the same licensing terms as it has granted Samsung - a stance that the Finnish giant feels is discriminatory.

IPCom's legal action, which has been rumbling along for the last 12 months at least, has been financed by the Fortress Investment Group - an asset management firm that owns almost half of IPCom. But investment funds aren't as flush as they used to be; Fortress shares fell below a dollar on Monday, from a high of $31 two years ago, prompting speculation that the group may de-list from the stock exchange - so it's possible that Nokia is smelling blood, though that's pure speculation at this stage.

The complaint to the EC's Director General for Competition does increase the pressure on IPCom, and while a critical ruling from the German courts is expected in February, Nokia will be hoping that's going to signal the end of another long-running patent dispute. ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
Brits: Google, can you scrape 60k pages from web, pleeease
Hey, c'mon Choc Factory, it's our 'right to be forgotten'
Of COURSE Stephen Elop's to blame for Nokia woes, says author
'Google did have some unique propositions for Nokia'
FCC, Google cast eye over millimetre wireless
The smaller the wave, the bigger 5G's chances of success
It's even GRIMMER up North after MEGA SKY BROADBAND OUTAGE
By 'eck! Eccles cake production thrown into jeopardy
Mobile coverage on trains really is pants
You thought it was just *insert your provider here*, but now we have numbers
Don't mess with Texas ('cos it's getting Google Fiber and you're not)
A bit late, but company says 1Gbps Austin network almost ready to compete with AT&T
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Cloud and hybrid-cloud data protection for VMware
Learn how quick and easy it is to configure backups and perform restores for VMware environments.
Three 1TB solid state scorchers up for grabs
Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that we’re giving away worth over £300 apiece.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.